5 bold predictions for the Steelers in Week 10 vs. the Lions

Pittsburgh Steelers guard Kendrick Green (53). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers guard Kendrick Green (53). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers run the ball more than they pass it

This isn’t a game the Steelers have to win; it is merely one that they have to avoid beating themselves in. The Lions’ offense is stale, and their defense struggles in both run and pass defense. I think the Steelers try to get creative early on but settle in and focus after a few bad attempts by Roethlisberger.

An early game interception leads to a 10-0 lead for the Lions heading into the second quarter. The Steelers shift their focus from passing the ball to feeding Najee Harris, and that is just what the offense needs. The first drive of the second half is a 16-play slog where Harris touches the ball 9 total times. It all is capped off with a Pat Freiermuth touchdown to cut the Lions’ lead down.

The second half sees the Steelers come out heavy early and often. Harris picks up yards in chunks of threes and fours, but the offense keeps moving the ball and draining the clock. By the end of the second half, the Steelers have only attempted ten passes, giving them 23 total passing attempts through the air on the day.

The running game is a different story. Harris totes the rock an incredible 36 times for 148 yards and adds three catches to give him just shy of 40 total touches. The other runners get involved as well, as the backups add seven more carries while the receivers get five attempts on the ground. The Steelers stay conservative, but it is enough to keep their offense moving, drain the clock, and ultimately beat the Lions.

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While this game should in no way be close, my gut is telling me the Steelers find a way to let the Lions keep this close. That said, a conservative but effective game plan ultimately gives the home team a win. Keep these bold predictions in mind as the Steelers get set to face off against the Lions.